Ep353: Valuable Risk–Reduction Advice from Guests

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Recently, I posed this question to some of my prior guests, “How would you advise a young person to reduce risk in their life?” The answers rolled in from 40 guests! I grouped the responses into five categories: Building valuable relationships, managing finances, personal growth, risk management, and having awareness. There are tremendous pearls of wisdom!

Valuable relationships – Communication with loved ones, mentors, and friends

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help
  • Seek out trusted friends, family members, and mentors and listen to them


“Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

Corey Hoffstein


“At each stage in your life, find mentors and friends you trust and who you feel are invested in you – listen to their advice.”

Colin W. McLean


“Get married, listen to your wife, stay married.”

Michael Markels


“Alongside your time and money, the most important asset allocation decision you will make is with the trust you invest in a select few people: your spouse and family, your friends, those you work with, and those you entrust to take care of whatever or whomever you cannot personally care for. (You’ll note your choice of fund managers and CEOs of stocks you buy only fits into that last category).”

Tariq Dennison


Managing finances – Focus on investing in your future

  • Start investing early
  • Get a great education and training in your field
  • Understand what you are investing in
  • Study everything you can find about money
  • Set a long-term investment strategy and stay the course, even when it’s scary
  • Traditional jobs are often bad investments these days
  • Diversify your life by developing skills and relationships in multiple areas


“Start investing early to create wealth and always live within your means.”

Nicolas Rabener


“Pass CFA exams and be a CFA charterholder.”

David Ying


“Invest in what you truly understand.”

Sopon Srisakunpath


“Study money! If you want more of it, you must talk about it and think about it daily, which means, read books; all and any book with the word money in the title.”

Jerremy Newsome


“Hold when your investments drop a little; hold even when they go up as much as you wish. There’s more on the horizon for you, always.”

Philipp Kristian Diekhöner


“The worst income source you will ever have as an adult is a traditional job.”

Bobby Casey


“Find ways to put multiple irons in the fire, aka develop skills that are valuable among several industries, and develop relationships with colleagues in a variety of industries and professions. This is much like the diversification of assets in an investment portfolio. However, the flip side is reducing risk generally results in lower overall returns since the investments are not overweight in any single industry (or portfolio holding). So, one must be content with not experiencing exceptional returns in exchange for reducing risk in life and career choices.”

Bill Winterberg


Taking responsibility – Admit your mistakes and learn from them

  • Be honest about your mistakes, learn from them, but most importantly, move on from them
  • Chase your dreams, so you never have to regret missed chances
  • If you are struggling to be who you want to be, just reach out to others who have been through it


“Get away from the mistake, learn from it and try to avoid it in the future.”

Roongkiat Ratanabanchuen


“Be honest about your mistakes and losses so you can learn from them.”

Michael “Mike” R. McGaughy


“Live with no regrets. The memory of not chasing your dream at all is worse than the pain of going for it and failing.”

Lisa Ryan


“Curiosity is a superpower; use it to be open to what you don’t know and never be closed to what you learn.”

Michael Falk


“If there is a mismatch between your long-term goals and your everyday actions, there are professionals out there who can help you.”

Anonymous prior guest


Personal growth – Unlock your creativity and trust the direction of your life

  • You are your main engine of wealth; invest in you
  • Don’t get distracted by the current situation; look beyond it
  • Be open to give and receive
  • Get off the daily rollercoaster, set your long-term strategy, and stick to it
  • Be curious and be bold; life is short
  • Study about the opportunities you face before acting
  • Always have a plan
  • Don’t believe what you read, test for yourself, then follow your own path


“Invest in yourself; your mind and hands are the engines of your wealth.”

Dr. Daniel Crosby


“Look beyond the current scenario.”

Mohd Sedek Bin Jantan


“Give without expectation and receive without resistance.”

Christopher “Chris” Salem


“Let time do the work for you, do not entertain the daily emotional rollercoaster; instead, stay true to your long-term strategy.”

Emil Voehlert


“Be bold and live your dream, for life is short.”

Michael “Mike” B. Garcia


“Be curious and get out of your comfort zone.”

Devyani Vaishampaya


“Study well, then select the best opportunity, then manage properly and get perfect results.”

Eslam Shaaban Radwan


“Always have a plan.”

Dan Passarelli


“Test everything for yourself. Don’t believe everything you read. The path to greater results and a deeper and more meaningful life is the path less traveled.”

Josiah Smelser


Risk management – Anticipate what can go wrong and apply cost-benefit analysis in life

  • Make decisions slowly, think about the future impact of your decision
  • Cautiously embrace risk, but know that you cannot eliminate it, instead take calculated risk
  • Build resilience by taking small risks at an early age
  • Reduce risk by taking the time to build your knowledge and understanding of it
  • The only certainty in life is uncertainty, keep calm and stay the course
  • Sometimes the riskiest thing to do is to play it safe in life
  • Strive to separate your beliefs from facts


“Don’t rush. Pause, think, what’s the worst thing that could happen? What is the impact on my future life?”

Bill Lewis


“Embrace risk, but do it with caution; learn from your mistakes.”

Lasse-Peter Pestel


“The best way to reduce risk in life is to take many small chances and make as many mistakes as possible early on because nothing builds resilience more than past failures.”

Azran Osman Rani


“Risk is something you can’t eliminate, but you can manage it with knowledge.”

Odilon Costa


“Life is full of risk, so is a business, and being a finance professional, we should always try to take on calculated risk.”

Ian Ng


“You can’t eliminate risks in life, but you can manage them. Start by understanding them.”

Pipat Luengnaruemitchai


“Certainty is uncertainty; keep calm, don’t panic, and stay diversified.”

Sornchai Suneta


“Don’t assume that “risky” means taking the less-traveled path; sometimes, the riskiest thing to do is to play it safe and assume that you have control. Control is an illusion. Plan for the worst-case and figure out how to get comfortable with that – everything else is gravy.”

Catherine Flax


“As we know, there is no return without risk, so be abundantly vigilant to identify and analyze each risk unemotionally…separate your beliefs from facts. Good luck!”

Jeyabalan Parasingam CPA, CFA


“The best way that I can think of to reduce risk is to spend time beforehand getting to understand whatever it is you want to invest in, and by all means like I stress in my book, ‘Your Time Is Now’ – seek the advice of PROVEN experts!”

Frank Moffatt


Having awareness – Recognize the outcomes you create and stay unbiased

  • Sleep on it before deciding
  • Work to gain awareness of your biases and work to correct for them
  • Identify risk, estimate its characteristics, don’t hesitate to implement a rescue plan
  • Think deeply about what could go wrong before taking a significant step in your life
  • Always weigh both the pros and cons
  • Risk is when some or all of the things that you haven’t thought of actually happen
  • Basic risk management is about thinking of possible outcomes and how to mitigate their effects
  • Advanced risk management is about mitigating against the effects that you didn’t or couldn’t possibly have thought of


“Think twice before you decide on major issues, if feasible; sleep a night in between.”

Alexander Burstein


“Train and increase awareness of your biases and correct for these in the face of transverse risks.”

Eelco Fiole


“To deal with life’s risk, identify the risk, determine the specific characteristic of when this risk is occurring and implement your rescue plan without hesitation.”

Daniel “Dan” Gramza


“The best way to deal with risk in life is to contemplate what can go wrong before you act.”

Jotak Nandwana


“Always remember there are two sides to every coin, i.e., weigh the pros and cons.”

Peter John Emblin


“Risk management is as much art as science – when done properly, it’s as much to do with scenario planning as with formulae. Risk is when some or all the things that you haven’t thought of actually happen. Basic risk management involves thinking of as many different outcomes as possible and mitigating their effects. Advanced risk management involves mitigating effects of all the things that you haven’t thought of and couldn’t possibly think of.”

Paul Gambles


Those are the golden nuggets my guests shared, which can help you build valuable relationships, manage finances, personal growth, risk management, and have awareness. To conclude this post, I want to share a quote to live by from Eleanor Roosevelt:


“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”


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Welcome to My Worst Investment Ever podcast hosted by Your Worst Podcast Host, Andrew Stotz, where you will hear stories of loss to keep you winning. In our community, we know that to win in investing you must take the risk, but to win big, you’ve got to reduce it.

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